Colloquial Icelandic: The Complete Course for Beginners

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Colloquial Icelandic is the ideal introduction to the modern language.

Written by an experienced language teacher, the course offers a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Icelandic. No previous knowledge of the language is required.

Features include: pronunciation guide. lively dialogues. concise grammar explanations. lots of exercises with full answer key. English-Icelandic and Icelandic-English glossaries. Learning Icelandic has never been so enjoyable! By the end of this rewarding course you will be able to speak, read and write Icelandic with confidence.

Two 60-minute cassettes are also available, featuring the dialogues and exercises in the book. Recorded by native speakers, they will help you perfect your pronunciation, listening and speaking skills.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Ideal for beginners and brushers-up alike, this enlarged and updated edition is a comprehensive, user-friendly guide to the essentials of Modern Icelandic, combining the teaching of the language at every stage with useful tips on day-to-day living in Iceland: food and drink, where to stay, how to get about, and how to ask intelligent questions about Icelandic history, culture, and geography. An undoubted ‘must’ for travellers to Iceland, whether as first-time or returning visitors!" Rory McTurk, University of Leeds, UK

"Neijmann's Colloquial Icelandic will both navigate you towards advanced communication skills and familiarize you with many specific Icelandic language concepts. It is comprehensive and extremely user-friendly at the same time—a must for a language as complex as Icelandic. For a self-study kit, it is as close as you can get to having your own private teacher and native guide to the local culture." Silvie Cinkova, Charles University in Prague, The Czech Republic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415207065
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Series: Colloquial Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Abbreviations viii
Introduction 1
The sounds and letters of Icelandic 4
1 Velkomin til Islands! / Welcome to Iceland! 12
2 Hvadan ert pu? / Where are you from? 29
3 Hvert forum vid? / Where are we going? 47
4 Eg aetla ad fa ... Hvad verdur petta mikid? / I would like to get ... How much will that be? 68
5 Fot / Clothing 85
6 A ferd og flugi / On the move 103
7 Daglegt lif / Daily life 122
8 Verdi per ad godu! / Enjoy your meal! 138
9 Fjolskyldan / The family 158
10 Stefnumot / Appointments 171
11 Gisting / Accommodation 183
12 Tomstundir / Spare time 197
13 Island / Iceland 214
14 Saga og pjod / Story, history and people 229
15 Hofud, herdar, hne og taer / Head and shoulders, knees and toes 243
16 Gangi per vel! / Good luck! 257
Grammar summary 272
Glossary of grammatical terms 281
Key to exercises 285
Glosses of reading passages 307
Icelandic-English glossary 321
English-Icelandic glossary 356
Index 369
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012


    Best Icelandic book ever! (Seeing as they're are few.) It doesn't throw everything at you at once! I highly recommend the audio!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2003

    Really practical and it's one of the best language books I've ever used...

    What can I say? I said most of what had to be said in my headline.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2002


    This is, by far, the BEST Icelandic course I've seen¿it teaches fully and lets me experience the language. All the other Icelandic books I have ever purchased seem to like to throw pages of conjugations and inflexions in my face. This book, however, teaches me more how to speak the language, and also gives an excellent insight into the culture. If you are thinking about buying Einarsson's or Glendening's books, DON'T!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2001

    Mikill Íslenska bók!

    This book is excellent for the beginner of learning the well preserved Icelandic language. It is seperated in many chapters and gives you excersises through the whole book. It is well written and easy to comprehend and learn. An excellent start to fluent Icelandic!

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